The shock of Whitney Houston’s untimely death is being felt as far away as India. Bollywood’s top stars, including Shahrukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra, and Akshay Kumar took to the microblogging site Twitter to express their grief and surprise at the pop icon’s passing.
Shahrukh implored his fans to not dwell on life’s inconsequential matters and instead to live life to its fullest: “and v waste so much time on inconsequential aspects of life. criticism..cynicism…voyeuristic.live ur life so u don’t miss it.whitney r.i.p”
Priyanka Chopra, who is on her way to Los Angeles where she has been invited to attend tonight’s Grammy Awards, mourned Whitney Houston as her inspiration: “LA bound..the Grammys will be sad.. Such a tremendous loss to the world.” “Bitter sweet..memories..that is all..I’m taking..with me..so goodbye..pls don’t cry”RIP Whitney..u made me believe in magic and dreams.”
Other stars were equally grief-stricken. AR Rahman, India’s music maestro who is as beloved (and award-winning) in India as Whitney was in the US, paid his respects to the singer: “Another shining star of the music world gone too soon…! We will miss you, Whitney… Respect and prayers for you!”
Akshay Kumar responded poignantly to the singer’s death: “The loss of one of the greatest voices of all time!! R.I.P. Whitney Houston. I will always love you.” He was one of the millions of fans who honored Whitney with the phrase “I will always love you,” the title of her mega-hit ballad from the soundtrack of her film The Bodyguard.
Joining Shahrukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra, AR Rahman, and Akshay Kumar in expressing their condolances were Sonam Kapoor, Dia Mirza, Siddharth, Bipasha Basu, Shreya Ghoshal, and Sunidhi Chauhan (the latter two being among India’s most popular playback singers and recording artists).
It’s a testament to Whitney Houston’s amazing voice and beautiful talent that superstars like Shahrukh Khan, who works in an industry to which Houston had absolutely no connection, are not just mourning her, but doing so publicly and with so much passion.